Huge news today on the college coaching front. University of North Carolina head coach Coleman Scott has stepped down from his position. Scott informed the team of his decision last night during a team meeting.
There are sure to be many dominos that fall based on Scott leaving Chapel Hill. For the time being, Associate Head Coach Tony Ramos has been named the interim head coach. The school will conduct a national coaching search, with Ramos being one of the key applicants. North Carolina is sure to be an attractive destination as the Tar Heels have finished in the top-20 at the NCAA Tournament every year it has been held since 2018. Each year during that time frame they have improved, as well. The 2023 tournament saw Scott’s team put three wrestlers on the podium (for a second straight year), led by Austin O’Connor, who became a two-time national champion, the first for North Carolina since TJ Jaworsky’s three in 1993-95.
Scott himself was once an interim head coach for a couple of months in 2015 before being named the full-time head coach in August of that year. He joined the UNC staff in 2014 as an assistant coach.
We’ll monitor this situation and how it impacts the rest of the coaching landscape as a vacancy at North Carolina is sure to interest many coaches around the country. There is also plenty of speculation, much of it warranted, about Scott’s next move.